I have scrupulously avoided arguing with biblical literalists (or fundies, short for fundamentalists) for 25 years, not because I don’t enjoy arguing (I enjoy it too much) but because the form of argument is so irritating. Whatever Martin Luther meant by Sola Scriptura he surely did not intend the various stupefying shit-shows you can find on the internet.
Apparently some Evangelical Hardliners are pissed that one of their own was recently received into the Orthodox Church. An intrepid reporter decided to visit his local Greek Orthodox church to discover if the Orthodox were, indeed, Christians.
The Greek and Eastern Orthodox church is clearly a lifeless church. There was absolutely no gospel in this service. A lost person could not walk into this church and walk out a changed man. It was literally a Pagan practice. Like a seance. Pure witchcraft was going on in this place… It was truly one of the most wicked experiences I’ve ever seen.
If two and a half hours of old Greek ladies praying is “one of the most wicked experiences” he has ever seen I really suggest he get out more.
The great irony is that fundies like this guy believe in the Trinity and Hypostatic union, dogmas which are not formulated in Scripture but which were developed over the course of the first six Ecumenical Councils, all of which would have celebrated Mass with either the exact same liturgy – the Liturgy of Saint Basil – or one very similar to it such as Liturgy of St John Chrysostom or the Liturgy of Saint James.
Actually, it isn’t ironic, it is just pathetic.
The argument techniques of fundies are false dichotomy, false equivalency, and caricature. I don’t think it is accidental that many internet atheists rely on the exact same modes of argument, either because they are former fundies, or they read a lot of fundies, or perhaps they, like fundies, just don’t posses the categories to understand what they are attempting to criticize.